Spontaneous inferences provide intuitive beliefs on which reasoning proper depends

James S. Uleman, Laura M. Kressel, Soyon Rim

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Abstract

Spontaneous inferences are unconscious, automatic, and apparently ubiquitous. Research has documented their variety (particularly in the social domain) and impact on memory and judgment. They are good candidates for Mercier and Sperber's (M&S's) intuitive beliefs. Forming spontaneous inferences is highly context sensitive, varying with the perceiver's conscious and unconscious goals, and implicit and explicit theories about the domain in question.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-91
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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